SCOR 4060 ST REVIEW
Does this new brand live up to the hype?
As the bike industry continues to expand, Scor enters the fray with an enticing trail/enduro hybrid. Scor is the brainchild of BMC R&D engineers who found themselves daydreaming of fun times in the mountains. Cutting-edge technology for road and cross-country has always been an integral part of the BMC brand, but some of the guys at the Swiss bike brand wanted more. With a mantra that states, “Play the mountains. Play the forests. Play the jump spot and the parking lot. Play everywhere and anywhere,” it is clear that it isn’t all about podiums at Scor. So does the new brand’s first model live up to the hype? Here is everything you need to know about the new Scor 4060 ST.
Many bicycle brands have the herculean task of trying to create a buzz around updates to their yearly models while only making subtle changes. As a startup, Scor has been able to start from scratch and create a whole new design with some innovations that make for a really fun bike. Scor designed this full carbon fiber chassis with two travel lengths in mind: 140mm to 160mm in the rear and anywhere from 150mm to 170mm in the front. The frame also features a hidden compartment in the downtube that is large enough to fit some small tools or snacks, as well as the coveted water bottle holder that can fit virtually any length of bottle you can find. We don’t often comment on the good-looking curves of bikes, but we like what Scor is doing with its carbon molds. The top tube has a very unique shape, making the overall silhouette of the bike very recognizable.
Currently, this nimble trail weapon is only offered in carbon and only with 29-inch wheels. There are no mixed-wheel or 27.5-inch options, although Scor says you can mix wheels if you want. Additionally, there is a ton of customization hidden in the frame. The headset is an angle adjustment that allows for +/-1.5 degrees of change. By our calculations, that is enough to add some travel to the front end or reduce it a tad. Adding to the Swiss army knife features, there is a Flip Chip in the rear that allows you to switch between ST (140mm travel) and LT (160mm travel) to either add plushness or playfulness to the frame. These two travel options are made possible by utilizing different shock-stroke lengths—62.5mm for the LT and 57.5mm for the ST. If your bike is configured in the ST option, you can also switch it to the LT to raise the bottom bracket and steepen the angles; however, if you are running the LT version, switching to the ST setting will only lead to a massive tire rub on the inside of the frame, so this is not recommended.
Now, let’s talk about what all those geo numbers translate into for each size. There are four sizes of the 40/60 ST, with the smallest coming in with a 436mm reach. The medium has 461mm of reach and the large has 485mm. The XL model has 516mm of reach. We tested a size large with a 625mm stack height and a 1235mm wheelbase (when in the steep headset setting). The stack measurement changes around 11–14mm with the biggest jump between the M/L size at 14mm with a more subtle 11mm between the L/XL sizes. The wheelbase changes 25mm among the small, medium and large models. The jump up to the XL will increase that measurement by 30mm. Expect all of those numbers to grow if you flip that headset cup around for that -1.5-degree change, though. All frame sizes feature a 65.50-degree head tube and a 76.50-degree seat tube angle. All frame sizes feature 433mm chainstays, so all of the number increases are based on the front triangle.
The 4060 ST model comes in two builds: the 4060 ST GX (our test subject) and the 4060 ST NX. For those who want to build their own custom setup, the 4060 ST is also offered as a frameset for $3599. Although you might like one color more than the other, each build is only offered with that particular color option.
For the high-end GX build priced at $6599, there are 800mm Scor carbon handlebars that mate well with the 35mm Burgtec Enduro MK3 stem. The GX build also features a fairly light set of DT Swiss XM 1700 alloy wheels with a DT350 rear hub.
In addition, the GX drivetrain and brakes offer great value for the money, including SRAM’s GX Eagle Lunar carbon cranks with a 32T chainring up front and a 10-52T cassette in the rear. Scor includes SRAM Code RSC brakes, with 200mm centerline rotors for extra stopping power. It may seem like a lot of rotors for this little bike, but the SRAM calipers need as much help as possible.
The NX build costs $4499 and, as the name suggests, comes spec’d with a full NX group. The Scor carbon bar is swapped out for an alloy version, and XDX-530s replace the XM1700s; however, both models come with Maxxis 2.5-inch Assegais in the front and 2.4-inch Dissectors out back. Another great addition is the Code R brakes that are still included on the NX build.
Although we didn’t get to test the LT model, it is offered in a vibrant purple colorway and a full Fox Factory build that comes in at $6599. And as if that weren’t enough options, they also have a limited-edition 4060 LTD (frameset) that comes with upgraded Ohlins suspension for $4999.
Scor went with a lower-link-activated virtual pivot design known as a twin-link rear suspension system. It is not uncommon for this to be mistaken for a single pivot at first glance; however, the swingarm is mounted to the frame with two links. This isn’t a new concept for suspension designs, as you may be familiar with the VPP and dw-links that are also dual link, but they all have subtle differences. Without going too deep, Scor intends the 4060 to be supple at the start of travel to follow the contour of the terrain and progressive enough to take a bike park drop confidently.
The largest difference between the GX and NX build is the suspension. The GX build we tested features a RockShox Pike Ultimate up front and a RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate in the rear. The NX features a RockShox Pike Select up front and a RockShox Super Deluxe Select+ in the rear. Something to keep in mind is that with the head angle adjustment, you could bump up that travel in the front a tad and still have good geo numbers. You can also run it with the standard 150mm of travel and slacken the head tube by 1.5 degrees.
You wouldn’t know it by looking at it, but this bike is really fun for technical climbs. The playful nature makes punchy technical Sedona climbs feel easy, and it seems to do best when ridden out of the saddle. The suspension stays quiet, even when run in the slack mode in the front, and no matter what you throw at this little bike, it seems to want more.
For longer, grueling climbs—you know, the ones you will regret tomorrow—it does a decent job of mitigating pedal-induced bob. Some of our testers were surprised at how much it did move on fire road climbs, but it isn’t uncomfortable. One thing to note is the climb switch is way down there, so if you are used to reaching down in the middle of a ride, you might want to think again or you may end up meandering off-trail.
Overall, climbing never felt like a chore aboard the 4060 ST, and with the bike weighing just over 30 pounds it is easy to see why. Although it wasn’t necessarily designed as a climber, it outperforms many bikes in its class.
Many 140mm trail bikes blur the line between trail and enduro riding, and the 4060 ST is no different. The combination of a lightweight build and snappy suspension design makes this bike incredibly playful. It will go exactly where you tell it to and nowhere else. While this is generally a positive trait, it could also be seen as a negative. The bike is so responsive that some might call it twitchy. When the head tube angle is slackened, it does increase the wheelbase and allow for some additional stability, but in no way would we call this a hard charger.
This is where that 433mm chainstay length comes into play. On a smaller frame size, it will be more stable, but on the larger models like the size large we tested, the bike did feel a little short in the back to some of our test riders. And with that 78-degree effective seat tube angle, the bike can feel a bit more cramped in the cockpit than some other models. At the end of the day, the suspension feels grounded without sacrificing playfulness. There is great traction once the rebound is dialed in on the Super Deluxe. It is a component of this bike that lends itself more readily to the “set it and forget it” crowd.
The lower mass also allows for better stability at speeds, in addition to a short rear triangle and snappy suspension curve. Yes, it may look like there is a lot going on, but it is really a simple design that gets the job done. Sometimes simple is best.
All in all, the 4060 reaps the rewards of having a good time and is among one of the more playful trail bikes we’ve ridden this year. And, for an experienced rider, it inspires creativity and enjoyment on the trail that is very hard to match.
MODS AND UPGRADES
These 4060 ST builds are a very good value. The unique combination of lightweight components on the GX build we’ve tested makes the 4060 easy to ride right out of the box. Some of our test riders would opt for a burlier Lyrik fork for more stiffness in the front. A rider likely to do this would also leave that front headset cup in the slack mode all of the time to add some extra stability for steeper terrain. For some of our taller test riders who like to slam that seat down as far as possible on long descents, a longer dropper than the 160mm post that came stock would be handy. Harder-charging riders may want to add some additional frame protection along with a bash guard for the chainring.
A unique aspect of the Scor is its overall aesthetics. The only logo on the whole bike is on the back of the seat tube. This is because Scor offers a wide array of frame protection that varies from cool minimalist patterns to a wrap that is totally bananas (you will just have to trust us on that one).
The Scor 4060 ST was designed with fun in mind, and it totally delivers. The build blurs the line between trail and enduro, making it an ideal machine for a hard-charging rider who doesn’t want to sacrifice the feel and confidence of his enduro sled but wants a lightweight trail bike package.
SUSPENSION: 150mm (front), 140mm (rear)
TIRE SIZE: 29″